Aladdin (2019)

This was not exactly a movie for me. I get that, Aladdin was never one of my favorites anyway, but I still wasn't super happy with this.


To be honest, every second Will Smith wasn't on screen felt like a waste. His genie was super good, I feel like he was able to make the character his own without taking away from Robin Williams. But like, did it need made? Nah, not really. All the musical numbers without the genie felt a little... meh to me, although it was a blast to see a live version of Never Had A Friend Like Me, I really did like that.


All in all, I'd call it a 5.5 out of 10. A movie I'd show to my kids, but it's for sure not something I'd go out of my way to see again.

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Brightburn

I was really excited to see this, and all in all I was happy with it.

The story is basically totally given away in the trailer, which if you are any good at guessing, you probably figured out.

Also for people who like guessing, the plot of the movie is laid out right off the bat in a scene showing how smart Brandon is.

The gore effects were great though, if that’s what you’re after you’re going to be really happy with the kills.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

The only other documentary style horror I’ve seen to date had been Behind The Mask. While I strongly recommend that, I wouldn’t so much with The Poughkeepsie Tapes.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved this movie. Outside of the effects used to simulate the cheap VHS tapes, it was really good. However, it’s not comfortable material at all. Watching 1.5 hours of disturbing imagery that feels a little too close to what real life killers had done is a little heavy, especially considering the graphic nature of a lot of the themes.

Really wack, and until mid-late 2018, really hard to find too.

Atomic Blonde

I had no information about this movie going into it, only that it had “a lesbian sex scene”.

I wasn’t unhappy with the whole thing though. The lighting, while at times a little much, was really good, and the stairway fight that was all a single shot was amazing. Basically, this was a movie showing us the female James Bond (Jane Bonde?) the we’ll never get to see.

I loved that it actually showed her getting beat down, instead of just getting up and going on through everything. Like, fighting makes you tired, it’s ok to show that.

I recommend checking this one out, very worth your time.

Bad Times At The El Royale

I had a lot of hype for this movie going into it, and I was generally pleased with what I received.

While there were elements of the pacing that I wouldn’t have minded speeding up a little bit here and there, in general I liked how the story played out. The various characters perspectives going into it was a fun thing to see play out.

I was lead to believe from the previews this would be more horror themed, but I’m not mad at the movie I saw.

Pet Sematary (2019)

It should be noted, I haven’t seen the original before in it’s entirety. What I saw though, I wasn’t the biggest fan of, which is what brings us to this.

I don’t hold the same disdain for remakes that a lot of people seem to, so I didn’t go into this ready to hate it. I actually honestly had a rather good time with what I watched. It was tense, there were several good scenes, and I didn’t feel ripped off by the jump scares as much as other movies have made me feel.

I feel like if you went into this with no knowledge of the original, you would have very few complaints about it, since that’s where a majority of the issues people have will arise.

I call it worth watching

Us (2019)

I just wanna say that Us was a very good movie.

I feel like there was a really strong M. Night vibe to it in the best way. I don't want to get into the plot, but suffice it to say I greatly enjoyed the primary antagonist and cohorts.

On top of that the family feels like such a real family. They aren't mean to each other, they actually feel like good people that care about each other instead of the husband and wife constantly making remarks at each other, which is such a horror trope. There's another family that follows traditional tropes, and the stark contrast between them and the main family is just uncomfortable. Mad respect to Jordan Peele for writing real feeling characters.

Finally, keep you eyes open for all the fun Easter eggs. If you're familiar with the horror scene you'll pick up a lot of stuff throughout.

My Friend Dahmer

One of the last things I expected was to find a movie about Jeffery Dahmer that was good. Turns out this one was good because it’s based on a graphic novel written by one of his childhood best friends.

The acting is superb, and it’s really nice to see things that contributed to one of the more disturbing killers of modern America.

Don’t expect a slasher, this movie stops at the end of high school so you don’t see most of what Jeff does.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Where do you start? From every single frame looking like a comic book panel, to the astoundingly smooth animation, to the acting and writing, it’s just a great movie.

If you missed the theater run I’m sorry for you, because experiencing it like that for the first time watching was nearly perfect.

If you’re a fan of The Spider at all, I strongly would suggest watching what Spider-Verse has to offer.

Murder Party

I knew I would have a blast with this, but I didn’t realize how much of a blast it’d be. If you need a good movie to laugh along with for your next Halloween party, I strongly recommend this one.

Who would go to something called a “Murder Party” that they find an invite for? Who knows man, but Christopher S. Hawley decided it was better sounding than a night in with his cat.

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Prom Night (1980)

So straight up, Jamie Lee Curtis looks way too freaking old to be in high school.  She was about 22 when the movie was released, but she looked almost 30.  It took me out of it a little since she looked like a peer to the people playing her parents rather than their child.

The plot was a little shaky too, I didn't really understand where they were trying to go with the leads they dropped, because looking back when the killer is revealed it just doesn't quite make sense.  It was a little weak is all.

I enjoyed watching it, but following up the day after Sleepaway Camp didn't help it feel better.

Sleepaway Camp

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A YouTuber and Podcaster I follow had mentioned this movie a few times, and when I saw it was on Shudder I decided to finally check it out.  I'm glad I did, since it's a rather fun movie.

The effects in it are downright brutal at times, a few of the kills turned my stomach a little which isn't something that's happened recently.

The twist is something I did see coming though, from about a mile away.  It's not a bad twist, but it's not the most subtle buildup.  It didn't stop me from liking it though, I heavily recomend you check it out.

The Descent: Part 2

I feel like the person who wrote the script for this movie only watched half of the first one, consisting of  the very beginning, and the very end.  The first 2 thirds of the movie felt like the mid end of the original, and the last third felt like they shoehorned in some claustrophobia scenes to call back to the original while still maintaining the end pace.

It's a shame it turned out this way, as the original felt so raw and authentic in it's delivery.  This movie just couldn't live up to the energy and quality of the original, the ending made this and the previous film feel totally pointless.

 

Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon

In the same vein as Scream and Cabin In The Woods, Behind The Mask does a great job of being a reasonably self aware horror flick.  The documentary aspect is a great twist to add to a story that could feel overdone if you aren't careful, and it helped elevate this movie to a great level.

I enjoyed the various moments the movie referenced other killers as well.  It was especially amusing considering the cameos from Kane Hodder and Robert Englund.

The end came as a surprise as well, it made the movie feel worth the watch.

The Texas chainsaw Massacre (1973)

I'm really glad I finally was able to see the OG Texas Chainsaw.  I saw the remake a couple years back and, while I was impressed with how grisly it was, I appreciate it so much more now that I've seen the original.

This movie is just disturbing.  From the stories you hear from the set to the film itself it's just a wild ride from beginning to end.  I didn't really know what to expect when I was getting into it, but I'm 100% happy I finally took the time to watch it.

Anybody who calls themselves a horror fan should watch this, it's possibly the pinnacle of horror at the time and it's aged very well.

House Of 1000 Corpses

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As a fan of what Rob Zombie tries to do, I can understand that his movies tend to fall apart toward the end.

Everything about this movie made me think of Texas Chainsaw, which I suppose was the intention.  It made it a little weak in my opinion though, there was a lot of potential that, with this being Rob's first film, I feel missed the mark.

As with a lot of his media, Rob Zombie has a really uncomfortable sexual undertone to his movies.  I understand that's an element that horror tends to employ, but I feel Rob does it a little heavy handed.

And Doctor Satan?  Really?  Nice name dude.

Worth watching for the knowledge of having seen it, but I wouldn't see it twice.

Oceans 8

Oceans 8 is everything I wanted it to be.  I feel it emulated the 2001 Oceans 11 in a beautiful way, without feeling overly much like a knockoff reboot.  Don't get me wrong, there were reboot feeling moments, but all in all I found it to be a very enjoyable movie.

Nobody can argue that the trilogy was any kind of great cinematic masterpiece, but I personally feel that they're some of my favorite movies.  Because of this I was inclined to enjoy this more than I might have otherwise, but I still feel it held up.

The characters really felt like a natural fresh crew for the job, and I feel like everybody fell into their rolls smoothly.  I'm especially a fan of Cate Blanchett.  She filled the role of Brad Pitt's Rusty perfectly.

I'm excited to see what all comes from this.  Personally I'm hoping for a franchise reboot, but I suppose I'll have to wait and see.

Pirates Of The Caribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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If you enjoyed the original Pirates trilogy, you'll probably like this one a lot.  It feels like the natural progression to the original tale, though there's very little that ties it to the fourth film.

This film still suffers from the issues that the fourth had as well by not keeping Jack Sparrow in check enough.  The reason the first film was so good was because the rest of the case was equally represented.

It's a fun movie to have on in the background though.  The high seas action is the same as you remember with overblown moments, just not as good as the original 3.

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

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Can we talk about bad remakes real quick?  Because this was a really bad remake my dude.

I was really excited about this since I really loved the original.  It had a cool idea, a solid remote setting, and a scary antagonist concept.

Unfortunately, the remake didn't really hit any of those points like you'd want.  There were some really awkward callback moments that didn't fit the feel of the movie.  It was so close to being a good reboot, but it majorly missed the mark.